BIRMINGHAM, Ala., May 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Wireless has expanded its newest technology – known as XLTE – to more Alabama locations to boost 4G LTE network capacity and enhance high-speed services for customers. More than half of Verizon's 4G LTE 500-plus markets – including Birmingham, Montgomery, Mobile, Tuscaloosa, Florence and Decatur – have been enhanced with XLTE, with more scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.
XLTE utilizes Verizon's AWS (Advanced Wireless Services) spectrum, which allows Verizon to deliver significantly increased capacity over its high-speed 4G LTE network. This means more customers in high-traffic locations can access the company's most advanced technology at the same time to send photos, download videos, surf the Internet and use other popular applications on their smartphones, tablets and other devices during times of peak usage.
"We have a long-standing commitment of making investments in our network, more than $100 million across Alabama in 2013 alone. With the doubling of bandwidth on our 4G LTE network, customers can now enjoy faster data service," said Jonathan LeCompte, president for the Georgia/Alabama Region of Verizon Wireless. "Our advanced spectrum deployment is making a difference, and we are staying well ahead of demand to deliver 4G LTE services better, faster and to even more customers."
XLTE technology is particularly effective in enhancing wireless network performance in settings with a concentrated group of high-data demand customers, such as densely-populated areas, rush hours, concert venues, sports arenas/stadiums and other large event locations.
First launched in December 2010, the Verizon 4G LTE network build is virtually complete, covering more than 500 markets nationwide and nearly 97 percent of the U.S. population. Verizon's XLTE deployment is a major part of the company's ongoing commitment to enhance network reliability and superiority. The company has invested more than $1 billion since 2000 to build and enhance its Alabama wireless network, and consistently earns top rankings from independent consumer reporting and testing institutions for network quality and performance.
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